Plans to harvest sun’s power
PLANS have been submitted for a major solar farm on the Euston Estate, near RAF Honington.
An application by Switch2Renewables for 38,500 solar panels on 22.64 hectares of farmland near to the airfield has been lodged with St Edmundsbury Borough Council.
The solar farm is expected to produce 11 megawatts of electricity for the National Grid. The panels will be fixed to frames in rows 3m apart and they will be 2m high.
The site is within the former Breckland Environmentally Sensitive Area, which is now under the banner of Natural England Environemental Stewardship Scheme.
An environemtal impact assessment which accompanies the application states that existing vegetation and local topography obscures the site from all but short or immediate views.
The statement says that the impact on the landscape would be ‘minor to negligible’ and a report from Norfolk Wildlife Services states that proposed mitigation and monitoring of bird and bat populations should mean there would be no adverse effect on the ecology of the area. Additional hedgerows would be created in senstivie areas of the site and there would be regular checks on wildlife.
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Tuesday 21 May 2013
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